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Economic Inequality Initiative: Student Summit planned for March 2016

The Keene State College (N.H.) American Democracy Project (ADP) in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) are planning a two-day regional Student Public Policy Summit on March 4th and 5th, 2016 focused on funding for Higher Education. This summit grows out of our work with on the ADP/TDC initiative on Economic Inequality.

As currently planned, the summit would incorporate educational opportunities through keynote speakers — including Tamara Draut — and program sessions, networking with faculty/staff and students from the Northeast, and experiential learning through participation in Congressional-style debate and engagement in “action” after the summit.

The first day of the summit will focus on providing students with opportunities to become acquainted with their peers, gain knowledge regarding the history and current issues involved in funding for public higher education as well as the functions, processes and procedures of Congress. Students will be provided with information to support role playing as an actual member of Congress in the weeks preceding the summit to model the current elected government representative political ideological perspectives.

Day two will engage students in a mock legislative session, beginning with the presentation of a bill regarding funding for higher education, followed by a time to caucus with their ideological colleagues leading into a congressional debate.  Debate will resume after lunch and the day will close with voting on the proposed and perhaps amended legislation.  A keynote speaker will bring the event to a close and help students process their experiences.

The following day, students will be invited to attend a session debriefing their experiences to assist in refining a model that will be shared with ADP/TDC institutions across the country in the hopes of encouraging similar regional summits throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and ending in a culminating event at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting sponsored by ADP/TDC/NASPA in Baltimore.

Save the date and contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Program Coordinator at Keene State College at kgagne@keene.edu for more information.

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